Research Opportunities

We Welcome Scientists From Diverse Fields

Vester offers awards for supporting scientists from other institutions to conduct short- or long-term research at our unique facility.

The awards cover laboratory and boat use, on-site housing (bunk beds to single bedroom accommodations) and instrument use at the field station.

Laboratory space, boat use, on-site housing and use of scientific core facilities are available on a fee basis; however, each year the Vester Field Station Visiting Scientist Award Program supports several visiting scientists. Short-term visiting scientists are typically involved in a collaborative research project and stay at Vester for several days or weeks.  Additionally, longer-term awardees may stay for 10-14 weeks in the summer to conduct independent and/or collaborative research. However, Visiting Scientist Awards can also be used to cover the costs of sabbatical-leave research at any time including during the traditional academic year Investigators who would benefit from the close proximity to southwest Florida habitats (e.g., near pristine to human-dominated estuaries, mangrove forests and near coastal habitats) and a modern research facility are encouraged to apply.

Proposals for field-based studies, mesocosm or bench-scale laboratory studies that can be supported by existing infrastructure will be considered. Investigators who propose collaborative research or research that has synergy with existing research and training programs will be favored. Information on the field station and the surrounding environs, and faculty associated with FGCU’s Marine Science and Environmental Science Program can be found elsewhere on this website.

Proposals can be for a single visit or for a multi-year project, and for a single investigator or for a team of collaborators. These elements should be clearly identified and described in the proposal. Resources for a multi-year proposal will require an annual application and is not guaranteed.

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Research Activities

  • Ecosystem Function and Trophic Transfer
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Estuarine Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport
  • Estuarine Microbial Processes
  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Hurricane History of Southwest Florida
  • Invasive Species
  • Nutrient Biogeochemistry
  • Seagrass Ecology
  • Shellfish Biology and Ecosystem Restoration

Research at Vester

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Contact Details

Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station

Farida Sheikh
Administrative Assistant
5164 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
239-745-4707 | Contact Us 

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